Neighborhood Grants & Beautification
|S.N.A.P. Grants help Bowling Green neighborhoods make improvements.|
Characteristics of a Healthy Neighborhood
A healthy neighborhood is:
- A place where it makes economic and emotional sense for people to invest their time, money and energy, and,
- A place where neighbors successfully manage neighborhood-related issues and neighborhood change.
Any neighborhood organization located in the city of Bowling Green that meets eligibility and matching fund requirements may apply for SNAP funding. For the purposes of SNAP, a neighborhood organization is defined as:
- A neighborhood watch group;
- A neighborhood association or other group of residents in a geographical area of single family and/or multi-family residences;
- A homeowner or condo association; or
- A tenant group or resident council in a multi-unit apartment complex or mobile home park.
- An organization or group made up primarily of foreign-born residents seeking to assist members of our various international communities along the spectrum of integration into community life. Groups fitting this criteria must be vetted by the International Communities Liaison.
The application deadline for 2015 SNAP Grants is Thursday, July 2, 2015.
Neighborhood Eligibility Requirements
- Your neighborhood must be located within the City limits of Bowling Green.
- Your neighborhood must register annually with the Neighborhood Services Office. A registration form is included in the application packet.
- Your neighborhood must be active, meeting at least once per year.
- Your group must have been in existence for at least six months OR must have met at large within six months prior to application.
- Your group must have been represented at a designated Neighborhood Training Session (see list below).
- The boundaries of your neighborhood organization must include at least 20 households to qualify for a full grant award. Applicants representing neighborhoods with fewer than 20 households qualify for a fraction equal to their number of households, based on the maximum amount available to them as a first time ($5,000) or repeat ($2,500) SNAP applicant.
Kinds of Projects
- Neighborhood Organizing
- Neighborhood Beautification
- Capital Purchase Projects
- Neighborhoods & Schools Celebrating Partnerships
- Professional Services
- No late applications will be considered for funding.
- Applicants may submit more than one project for consideration, but funding of multiple projects is not guaranteed. Additional projects may be undertaken to boost matching requirements, increase neighborhood participation, or to employ a complementary “Strategy for Creating Healthy Neighborhoods.”
- First time SNAP recipients may receive no more than $5,000. Applicants who have received a SNAP award at any time since 2011 may request no more than $2,500. Applicants representing neighborhoods with fewer than 20 households qualify for a fraction equal to their number of households, based on the maximum amount available to them as a first time or repeat SNAP applicant. (Example: A first time applicant with 10 households would be eligible for 10/20, or one half, of $5,000; a repeat applicant with 17 households would be eligible for 17/20 of $2,500.)
- Maximum amount of $400 may be requested for legal and/or accounting fees related to incorporation and/or establishing nonprofit, tax-exempt status.
- Up to $300 may be requested for a Neighborhood Organizing project, with no match required. A request meeting this description is also exempted from the first time/repeat applicant rule outlined above.
- A 20% match of the requested award amount is required. Match can be met through cash, in-kind donation, or volunteer labor valued at $15 per hour. No match is required for a a project related to incorporation/non-profit or tax exempt status, or for a Neighborhood Organizing project equal to or less than $350.
- Project location must be within the city limits of Bowling Green.
- Project activity must be fully compliant with the City of Bowling Green Code of Ordinances, Kentucky Revised Statutes, and all applicable codes, policies and procedures of the City of Bowling Green.
- Landscape and/or signage projects on right-of-way require approval by Public Works. Additional forms are required for these projects and must be submitted with the SNAP application.
2015 Neighborhood Training Sessions Include the Following
- Neighborhood University Sessions, "All About SNAP" Choose one of two sessions on Thursday, May 21, 2015: 1:00-2:30 p.m. or 6:00-7:30 at the NCS Community Room, 707 E. Main Avenue. Please pre-register for these sessions to insure adequate space: email email@example.com or call 270.393.3674.
- Neighborhood University Session, "Neighborhood Watch 101" on Thursday, June 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the NCS Community Room, 225 E. 3rd Avenue. Please pre-register for this session to insure adequate space: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270.393.3674.
- BGFD Citizen's Fire Academy, offered Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Northside Fire Station #5 on New Porter Pike. Email: email@example.com to apply
- BGCAN Spring Rally of the Neighborhoods, Thursday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m.,at NCS Community Room, 707 E. Main Avenue. No RSVP required.
- Over 50 Citizen's Academy, offered weekdays March 19-25, 2015
- BGPD Citizen's Police Academy, offered Thursday nights for 10 weeks, beginning in March, 2015
- BGCAN Winter Rally of the Neighborhoods, Thursday, January 29, 2015
- BGCAN Fall Rally of the Neighborhoods, October 30, 2014
- Regional Neighborhood Network Conference in Richmond, IN: Sept. 11-13, 2014
Forms: 2015 Guidelines & Applications
- SNAP 2015 Application Packet
- SNAP 2015 Program Guidelines Brochure
- Application for Approval To Adopt ROW For Landscape Purposes
- Application for Approval To Install Decorative Signposts
- Petition in Support of SNAP Grant
- Register Your Neighborhood Form
All SNAP applications will be processed by the Neighborhood Services Office and evaluated by a review panel. Funding decisions will take these considerations into account: application completeness, neighborhood participation, community benefit, and project quality. Further consideration may be given to problem mitigation and equitable deployment of resources (i.e., amount of money and/or frequency of awards over time to applicants, reasonable use of tax dollars, etc.). Following review and evaluation of all eligible SNAP proposals, the Neighborhood Services Office will offer a recommendation for funding to the Board of Commissioners, who will make final approval of grant awards.